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Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton: Wilfried Zaha and Alexis Mac Allister score

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha scored his fourth goal of the season

Wilfried Zaha "has got more to give" and must "create havoc" says manager Roy Hodgson, after his Crystal Palace side were pegged back by rivals Brighton's late equaliser.

Palace were on the back foot for long periods, but looked like holding on for victory - having taken a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Zaha's penalty, which turned out to be the home side's only shot on target.

The spot-kick was rather harshly awarded as Tariq Lamptey was judged to have dragged down Michy Batshuayi in the box, but replays showed there was little contact on the Palace striker.

But substitute Alexis Mac Allister netted a 90th-minute equaliser, latching on to fellow substitute Aaron Connolly's lay-off to drill home a rasping first-time finish from the edge of the area.

Hodgson said: "I always think that with a player of his ability, he has got more to offer. We have so much faith in his ability and always feel, with a bit of luck, there's more there to give.

"What I will be preaching to him for the rest of the season is that a player of your ability has got more to give and it is not sufficient to just score a few more goals than last season.

"I want to see him create havoc in the opponents' defence and he didn't really do that today."

Brighton pushed for a winner in 10 minutes of injury time but in captain Lewis Dunk's desperation to pounce on a loose ball, he caught Gary Cahill with a stud-high challenge and was sent off.

The draw moves Palace up a place to 12th, while Brighton stay 16th in the table.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Roy Hodgson pleased with Eagles defending

Palace punished late on

Palace came into the game showing inconsistent form, claiming victories in their opening two league games before back-to-back defeats. A draw now extends their winless run.

They defended resolutely for 89 minutes and looked like coming away with a smash-and-grab victory thanks to Zaha's penalty - but have now kept just one clean sheet in their past 13 games.

Hodgson will have been impressed by the performance of holding midfielder Jairo Riedewald, given a first start at Selhurst Park since January.

The Dutchman has struggled to show his best form since joining Palace from Ajax in 2017, but was much improved in this contest.

Deployed in front of the backline, Riedewald won possession eight times, more than any other player on the pitch, and misplaced just one of his 23 passes.

And it was his delightfully threaded through ball that led to Batshuayi thundering a finish into the roof of the net, but it was disallowed by a marginal offside decision.

Otherwise, though, Palace's lack of attacking intent meant they had to settle for a point.

Seagulls break down the Eagles… eventually

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Graham Potter dubious over Palace penalty award

Brighton had more possession (65%), made more passes (539) and had more shots (20) at goal than their opponents, so will have mixed emotions after the game - delighted at salvaging a draw but aggrieved at not having scored more.

Graham Potter's side play attractive football, their passing is neat and crisp but attacks fall apart too often in the final third or they fail to work the goalkeeper.

Just three shots were on target, with Mac Allister's goal punishing Joel Ward's clearance, but the other two efforts from Neal Maupay were comfortable for Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to deal with.

The Seagulls finished 15th last season, seven points clear of the relegation zone, and they may be looking over their shoulders again if finishing and results do not improve.

Brighton have won just one of their opening five matches this season and will have to make do without captain Dunk for the next games after he received a straight red card for a horrible challenge on Cahill.

'I was pleased' - what they said

Brighton manager Graham Potter: "Putting the ball in the net was missing. We created chances and were the dominant team. You can see that quite clearly.

"The scoreline affects it a bit because we were 1-0 down, but I was pleased. They scored one goal from their only entry into our box. One slight mistake will go against you and you have to respond. We did that well."

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill: "On the basis of the game and the time we conceded, we are disappointed. We played direct a bit too much. We showed good character. We controlled the game in the first half in spells.

"To concede late on with a direct ball down the middle is disappointing. We made it difficult for them. We had to be patient."

What next?

Palace travel to Fulham in the league next Saturday (kick-off 15:00 BST), while Brighton host West Brom on Monday, 26 October (17:30).

Dunked for an early bath - the stats

  • Since Opta began recording shot data in the Premier League in 2003-04, Crystal Palace are the first team to have had just one shot in a match in the competition and for that shot be a penalty.
  • Brighton have lost just one of their past 10 away games in the Premier League (W3 D6 L1), picking up four points from a possible nine on the road in 2020-21 (W1 D1 L1).
  • Brighton attempted 19 more shots than Crystal Palace - their highest positive shot differential in a single Premier League match.
  • Crystal Palace have failed to win any of their past seven Premier League games on Sunday (D4 L3), since beating Bournemouth 5-3 in May 2019.
  • Players from Ivory Coast have scored 25 of their 28 Premier League penalties to date (89%), boasting the highest conversion rate of any nationality from the spot in the competition's history (with a minimum of five taken), with only Drogba, Dindane and Bony missing from 12 yards.
  • Since the start of the 2017-18 season, only Arsenal (19) and Watford (18) have conceded more goals from the penalty spot in the Premier League than Brighton (16).
  • Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton in all competitions than he has any other opponent (seven).
  • Brighton's Lewis Dunk was sent off for the second time in his Premier League career and for the first time since December 2018 against Bournemouth.

Player of the match

Mac AllisterAlexis Mac Allister

with an average of 7.14

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number24Player nameCahill
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  2. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald
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  3. Squad number31Player nameGuaita
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  4. Squad number27Player nameMitchell
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  5. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
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  6. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté
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  7. Squad number10Player nameTownsend
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  8. Squad number2Player nameWard
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  9. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur
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  10. Squad number11Player nameZaha
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  11. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi
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  12. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic
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  13. Squad number20Player nameBenteke
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Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
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  2. Squad number2Player nameLamptey
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  3. Squad number3Player nameWhite
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  4. Squad number14Player nameLallana
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  5. Squad number8Player nameBissouma
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  6. Squad number20Player nameMarch
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  7. Squad number7Player nameConnolly
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  8. Squad number33Player nameBurn
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  9. Squad number4Player nameWebster
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  10. Squad number11Player nameTrossard
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  11. Squad number9Player nameMaupay
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  12. Squad number1Player nameRyan
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  13. Squad number13Player nameGroß
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  14. Squad number5Player nameDunk
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Crystal Palace

  • 31GuaitaBooked at 76mins
  • 2Ward
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 24Cahill
  • 27MitchellBooked at 63mins
  • 10Townsend
  • 44Riedewald
  • 18McArthurBooked at 86mins
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forBentekeat 88'minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forMilivojevicat 83'minutes
  • 11Zaha


  • 3van Aanholt
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 12Sakho
  • 17Clyne
  • 19Henderson
  • 20Benteke
  • 25Eze


  • 1RyanBooked at 19mins
  • 4Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 90mins
  • 33BurnSubstituted forGroßat 82'minutes
  • 2Lamptey
  • 3White
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 43mins
  • 20March
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forMac Allisterat 78'minutes
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forConnollyat 78'minutes
  • 9Maupay


  • 7Connolly
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 30Bernardo
  • 34Veltman
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tariq Lamptey with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  6. Dismissal

    Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the red card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

  11. Post update

    Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Connolly.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  15. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

  18. Post update

    Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

  20. Booking

    James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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